Your elegant area rugs take a prominent role in your home's interior. Wear and tear over decades or just a few months can take their toll on these Oriental floor masterpieces. Caring for these heirloom rugs and more modern creations take special care to help retain their beauty and integrity. Steam-Pro of Tallahassee’s area rug cleaning service is an exclusive program. This ADVANCED service includes very specialized equipment and chemicals. Steam-Pro of Tallahassee only allows certified technicians to perform this service. Area rugs, in most cases, are returned to better than new condition. All soils including dirt, dust mites, perspiration, abrasive soils, natural oils, pet by- products, grease, oils, and ground in foods will be removed. All smells including pet odors, smoke, food, and other smells are effectively removed. High-powered air movers are used to assist in fast drying. Fabric protector is applied to help prevent re-soiling and to protect against permanent stains caused by accidental spills. We service all types of area rug fabrics such as Nylon, Herculon, Polyester, Cotton, and other color migration fabrics. Your rug is left with a clean smell and a healthy environment. Depending on the fiber type of the rug, it may be cleaned on site or can be picked up and processed at our shop.
Our 5 step Area Rug Cleaning Process
The five-step process employs the simple elements of air and waterto deliver an extremely thorough, yet gentle cleaning. Though more time consuming, cleaning rugs by hand ensures that no stain is overlooked and a rug’s delicate construction isn’t placed under undue stress. This approach produces the most thorough cleaning for your treasured investment.
We Service Clean:
- Antique Rugs
- Area rugs
- Oriental rugs
- Persian rugs
- Navajo rugs
- Wool rugs
- Select silk rugs
- Tapestry cleaning
- And much more!
1. Air Dusting
The preliminary step of the process is known as Air Dusting or simply, dusting. Combining soft, powerful compressed air with specially designed patented tools helps to gently lift and remove dust and dry particles trapped deep inside the rug’s fibers and foundation.
2. Submersion Hand Wash
In the weaving capitals of the world, handmade rugs are washed by submerging them for several hours in flowing rivers. The Submersion Hand Wash step simulates this age-old process, enabling all foreign matter to be purged from a rug. Using a continuous flow of water, combined with a mild, ph-neutral cleansing agent massaged deep into the fiber, further removes a rug’s contaminants and keeps them from settling into the rug again. While the rugs are submerged, three compression rollers purge or squeeze all remaining contaminants. Rugs with particularly stubborn contaminants, such as pet urine, are submerged for an extended period to guarantee their complete removal. We use small, medium and large sized compression rollers to ensure all contaminants are removed from the rugs before they proceed to the air rinse stage.
3. Air Rinse
The third step in the system, Air Rinse, rinses all cleaning solutions from the rug using compressed air and specially designed tools to create an underwater, vigorous rinse. In addition to purging cleaning solvents from the rug, Air Rinse lifts and adds body to the rug’s fibers. Following the Air Rinse, the rug is hoisted from the Wash Pit and soft water- rinsed a second time before being moved to the Dry Room.
4. Controlled Drying
Achieving a fast and efficient drying method is critical, as rugs can mold and mildew if saturated for long periods of time. Controlled Drying takes place in a heated Dry Room using a combination of air circulation, dehumidifying processes and heat. Here, rugs are allowed to dry for 12-24 hours.
5. Post Detailing
Post Detailing involves cleaning and restoring all fringes using a specially designed tool. During this last step, all rugs are brushed and inspected for any remaining stains.